(230) Athamantis

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Discovered 1882 Sept. 3 by L. de Ball at Bothkamp.

Athamantis or Helle was the daughter of Athamas, king of Thebes, and Nephele {see planet  (431)} and the sister of Phrixus. (A. Paluzie-Borrell)

This planet was accidentally discovered during the observation of the nearby planet  (12) Victoria. The planet was very bright. The naming obviously was influenced by this fact because the German word ‘Helle’ means brightness.

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